Indy 500 Still Plans to Race Next Month but They Just Reduced Fan Capacity

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 has been scheduled for Sunday, August 23. ...

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 has been scheduled for Sunday, August 23. The original plan set back in June would have the race happening with 50% fan capacity. However, as we all know, it doesn’t seem like anything is a lock these days. Instead, COVID-19 analysis seems to be changing with the weather. While many thought that we would have some sort of deep understanding of the virus at this point in time, that really doesn’t look like it’s the case.

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With that, IndyCar has dialed back its attendance to just a 25% capacity race in order to adapt to the conditions. In addition, all attendees will be required to wear a face covering. At the end of the day, this is a step forward as all sorts of sporting events are coming back from being put on hold.

Breaking911 delivered a statement from Penske Entertainment Corp.’s President and CEO, Mark Miles: “In June, we announced the race was on and that attendance would be limited to no more than 50 percent of capacity,” said Miles. “We also made clear we intended to do things differently this year. By offering credits to fans who had previously purchased tickets, encouraging those over 65 to stay at home, limiting attendance in the infield, reducing tickets in our suites and promising fans their decision to not attend would not impact their seniority or right to renew tickets for 2021, we now anticipate attendance at approximately 25 percent of capacity. We will welcome fans back, and we have an aggressive plan in place, which has been developed through collaboration with national, state and local health experts.”

The sport seems excited to bring back fans to see racing in person once again. As the facilities for their races are generally rather large and outdoors, it would seem as if they would be the safest to host a gathering. However, with the current state of affairs, it’s still something that is being monitored rather carefully.

With just over a month until the green flag waves, we can’t be 100% sure that this plan will stay in place. With the unpredictable nature of current events, we could be COVID free by then or entirely in lockdown. Who really knows anymore?

FAST FORWARD: 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

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Simon Pagenaud

Warmup: 221.267
Lap 1: 230.119
Lap 2: 230.011
Lap 3: 230.110
Lap 4: 229.729
4 Lap Average: 229.992

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Ed Carpenter

Warmup: 221.832
Lap 1: 230.372
Lap 2: 230.023
Lap 3: 229.656
Lap 4: 229.508
4 Lap Average: 229.889

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Spencer Pigot

Warmup: 221.392
Lap 1: 230.058
Lap 2: 229.841
Lap 3: 229.792
Lap 4: 229.614
4 Lap Average: 229.826

Row 2

Ed Jones

Warmup: 219.253
Lap 1: 230.196
Lap 2: 229.505
Lap 3: 229.486
Lap 4: 229.400
4 Lap Average: 229.646

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Colton Herta

Warmup: 209.937
Lap 1: 229.518
Lap 2: 229.307
Lap 3: 229.027
Lap 4: 228.493
4 Lap Average: 229.086

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Will Power

Warmup: 218.629
Lap 1: 228.909
Lap 2: 228.645
Lap 3: 228.564
Lap 4: 228.464
4 Lap Average: 228.645

Row 3

 

Sebastien Bourdais

Warmup: 209.418
Lap 1: 228.976
Lap 2: 228.523
Lap 3: 228.800
Lap 4: 228.187
4 Lap Average: 228.621

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Josef Newgarden

Warmup: 219.866
Lap 1: 228.703
Lap 2: 228.349
Lap 3: 228.087
Lap 4: 228.447
4 Lap Average: 228.396

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Alexander Rossi

Warmup: 214.223
Lap 1: 228.849
Lap 2: 228.320
Lap 3: 227.985
Lap 4: 227.836
4 Lap Average: 228.247

Row 4

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Marco Andretti

Warmup: 210.348
Lap 1: 229.626
Lap 2: 228.920
Lap 3: 228.429
Lap 4: 228.055
4 Lap Average: 228.756

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Conor Daly

Warmup: 212.530
Lap 1: 229.226
Lap 2: 228.497
Lap 3: 228.403
Lap 4: 228.344
4 Lap Average: 228.61

Helio Castroneves

Warmup: 220.848
Lap 1: 229.543
Lap 2: 228.557
Lap 3: 228.079
Lap 4: 227.918
4 Lap Average: 228.523

Row 5

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Marcus Ericsson

Warmup: 220.737
Lap 1: 229.015
Lap 2: 228.217
Lap 3: 228.443
Lap 4: 228.371
4 Lap Average: 228.511

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Takuma Sato

Warmup: 215.596
Lap 1: 228.779
Lap 2: 228.257
Lap 3: 227.866
Lap 4: 228.299
4 Lap Average: 228.300

James Davison

Warmup: 211.187
Lap 1: 229.247
Lap 2: 228.102
Lap 3: 227.885
Lap 4: 227.865
4 Lap Average: 228.273

Row 6

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Tony Kanaan

Warmup: 216.698
Lap 1: 228.630
Lap 2: 228.200
Lap 3: 227.881
Lap 4: 227.771
4 Lap Average: 228.120

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Graham Rahal

Warmup: 217.861
Lap 1: 228.565
Lap 2: 228.333
Lap 3: 228.254
Lap 4: 227.270
4 Lap Average: 228.104

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Scott Dixon

Warmup: 217.275
Lap 1: 228.656
Lap 2: 228.155
Lap 3: 228.077
Lap 4: 227.514
4 Lap Average: 228.100

Row 7

Oriol Servia

Warmup: 223.581
Lap 1: 228.563
Lap 2: 228.359
Lap 3: 227.821
Lap 4: 227.226
4 Lap Average: 227.991

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Charlie Kimball

Warmup: 219.721
Lap 1: 228.305
Lap 2: 227.910
Lap 3: 227.951
Lap 4: 227.496
4 Lap Average: 227.915

JR Hildebrand

Warmup: 220.000
Lap 1: 228.786
Lap 2: 228.210
Lap 3: 227.594
Lap 4: 227.050
4 Lap Average: 227.908

Row 8

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Ryan Hunter-Reay

Warmup: 213.154
Lap 1: 228.656
Lap 2: 228.080
Lap 3: 227.431
Lap 4: 227.347
4 Lap Average: 227.877

 

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Santino Ferrucci

Warmup: 211.761
Lap 1: 228.293
Lap 2: 228.083
Lap 3: 227.404
Lap 4: 227.147
4 Lap Average: 227.731

 

 

Matheus Leist

Warmup: 215.565
Lap 1: 228.091
Lap 2: 227.785
Lap 3: 227.467
Lap 4: 227.525
4 Lap Average: 227.717

Row 9

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Jack Harvey

Warmup: 218.574
Lap 1: 228.566
Lap 2: 227.929
Lap 3: 227.618
Lap 4: 226.675
4 Lap Average: 227.695

Jordan King

Warmup: 213.979
Lap 1: 227.789
Lap 2: 227.702
Lap 3: 227.444
Lap 4: 227.075
4 Lap Average: 227.502

Ben Hanley

Warmup: 217.137
Lap 1: 227.932
Lap 2: 227.692
Lap 3: 227.353
Lap 4: 226.953
4 Lap Average: 227.482

Row 10

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Zach Veach

Warmup: 217.294
Lap 1: 228.348
Lap 2: 227.405
Lap 3: 226.819
Lap 4: 226.800
4 Lap Average: 227.341

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Felix Rosenqvist

Warmup: 216.139
Lap 1: 227.743
Lap 2: 227.525
Lap 3: 227.187
Lap 4: 226.735
4 Lap Average: 227.297

Pippa Mann

Warmup: 215.748
Lap 1: 228.369
Lap 2: 227.380
Lap 3: 226.484
Lap 4: 226.751
4 Lap Average: 227.244

Row 11

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Sage Karam

Warmup: 218.671
Lap 1: 228.501
Lap 2: 227.764
Lap 3: 227.499
Lap 4: 227.201
4 Lap Average: 227.740

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James Hinchcliffe

Warmup: 221.254
Lap 1: 227.948
Lap 2: 227.722
Lap 3: 227.450
Lap 4: 227.054
4 Lap Average: 227.543

Kyle Kaiser

Warmup: 220.358
Lap 1: 227.720
Lap 2: 227.420
Lap 3: 227.239
Lap 4: 227.109
4 Lap Average: 227.372

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Fernando Alonso

Warmup: 220.257
Lap 1: 227.777
Lap 2: 227.278
Lap 3: 227.137
Lap 4: 227.221
4 Lap Average: 227.353

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